After the initial fixture being postponed due to poor weather a couple of weeks ago, the U13 boys set off to St Bede’s in Eastbourne for this year’s IAPS South Regional Hockey Championships on Friday.
It was bitterly cold but, although they knew they were in for a tough day of hockey, the squad seemed focused. As not all schools were able to attend the re-arranged tournament, all those taking part competed in a round robin, as part of one large group.
The CPS team started well against Parkside, although they conceded a soft goal with the last hit of the game. Next up they played against the hosts, St. Bede’s. Our team started slowly and conceded two poor goals but managed to salvage a 2–2 draw which kick started their tournament.
The team took confidence from this comeback and continued to improve as the tournament progressed. They went on to secure 3–0, 2–0, and 4–0 wins against Lambrook, Hoe Bridge and Edgeborough respectively.
With three games left, and despite their slow start, the U13 boys had put themselves in a good position to secure a nationals spot. Next up was The New Beacon, who were top of the table. Both sides played wonderful hockey, but neither team could break the deadlock, which finished 0–0.
The group continued to be very tight and still needed results from the last two games. They remained on good form, beating Shrewsbury House 3–0 and drawing 0–0 with All Hallows. Job done!
Team coach, Harry Thomas, says “After a slow start, the team must take great credit for turning their day around. After the first two games, they did not concede a goal and remained unbeaten for the rest of the tournament. These results secured them third place in the South Regionals and a spot in the national finals at Millfield at the end of March. Well done to all!”
- Group: L 0-1 vs Parkside.
- Group: D 2-2 vs St. Bede’s. Scorer: Fewings x 2
- Group: W 3-0 vs Lambrook. Scorers: Lewis, Taylor and Walker
- Group: W 2-0 vs Hoe Bridge. Scorers: Taylor and Walker
- Group: W 4-0 vs Edgeborough. Scorers: Lewis, Taylor x 2 and Walker
- Group: D 0-0 vs The New Beacon.
- Group: W 3-0 vs Shrewsbury House School. Scorers: Taylor x 3
- Group: D 0-0 vs All Hallows.